The perfect location to launch the first EXPLORE Project, an ongoing journey, intended to share with the audience a glimpse at the lifestyle and experiences that become possible through the sport of stand up paddling. Of course, adventure begins when things don’t go quite as planned and the team gets a little taste of just about everything along the different coastlines of Catalina Island.
The EXPLORE team spends 3 days on the River, absorbing the beauty of the area and knowledge from local guides who claim the group could be the first ever to standup paddle down the 23 mile approach to the river mouth.
Let the water move you, as it did us, to the Pacific Ocean along the Klamath River.
Tahoe SUP dealer, Big Winds, is right in the center of all the action in Hood River and are the experts on the conditions. Our guides wasted no time in showing us the goods and the group scores a perfect day in the epic downwind swells that run up river and chill out on Lost Lake at the base of Mt Hood.
Perhaps most importantly, the project created the “Ocean Hour” which invited anyone to join them each Saturday through stages of the trip, to coordinate a focused area cleanup of beaches and waterways. From the St John River, Indian River Lagoon, the Everglades and the Florida Keys, the group, with dozens of volunteers at each location, would collect impressive amounts of trash, debris and plastics from coastlines and spoil islands in the Sunshine State.
Through the Expedition Florida 500 Facebook page, Riney chronicled the journey and the miles covered by himself and paddle partner, Gabriel Gray. The XF500 page is brimming with photos and prolific observations from Riney out in the field, that is, when he doesn’t have a paddle in his hand.